Kareena had said no to Men­tal Hai Kya

Five years ago, Ekta Kapoor had of­fered Bebo the same film, which now stars Kan­gana Ra­naut

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Last week, Kan­gana Ra­naut and Ra­jkum­mar Rao took ev­ery­one by sur­prise with the quirky and zany posters for their up­com­ing film Men­tal Hai Kya. Not much has been re­vealed about the plot, ex­cept that it cel­e­brates the abil­ity to stand out in a crowd. But did you know that Kareena Kapoor Khan was the first choice for the movie? Says a source from the team, “In 2013, Ekta had pitched the idea to Bebo. She wanted to get Kareena and Em­raan Hashmi on board for the film, which was pre­vi­ously ti­tled Bad­tameez Dil. But it never ma­te­ri­alised.”

KAREENA FELT THE MOVIE WAS TOO BOLD

The rea­son Bad­tameez Dil never took off was be­cause Kareena wasn’t game for it. Adds our source, “Bebo felt that the sto­ry­line was way ahead of its time. It was dark and ex­plo­sive in many ways. It also had sev­eral bold scenes and nu­dity. Kareena po­litely re­fused the film and it was put on the back burner.”

KAN­GANA’S THE PER­FECT FIT

Now, five years later, the mak­ers have al­tered the script a bit. Says the source, “The team has re­worked the story, which has turned out even bolder now. Kan­gana loved it and agreed to do the film im­me­di­ately.” Af­ter she came on board, the pro­ducer roped in Ra­jkum­mar. “Ekta feels peo­ple are ready for a film like this and Kan­gana is per­fect to play the main role. There’s no deny­ing that she’s a ter­rific ac­tress. Her never-give-a-damn at­ti­tude echoes with her on-screen char­ac­ter, too,” adds the source.

The team has re­worked the story, which has turned out even bolder now. Kan­gana loved it and agreed to do the film im­me­di­ately. Ekta feels peo­ple are ready for a film like this and Kan­gana is per­fect to play the main role...

A source

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